Lunch Downtown (Farragut West Area)
I am so sick of the same old lunch from a chain like Potbelly's around here. Can you make suggestions for good lunch spots around here (doesn't have to be the same metro stop but not too far either).
You know I was just getting ready to do a post on this. I have decided I need to explore my lunch area more. I normally pack, but when I don't I go to my old standbys which if you don't know perhaps you should:
Breadline: Pennsylvannia between 17th and 18th. Anything on, stuffed inside, or with bread is excellent. I particularly enjoy chicken and goat cheese, sausage sandwich and roast turkey, but there is so much I haven't tried yet that looks good.
Cafe Asia: i st. between 17th and 18th. They have a pretty cheap sushi lunch special or bento box. They give you a big thing of miso soup with it so since sushi fills me up pretty well, I normally make that into two meals. But they also have some very good entrees, big portions.
Those are my two favorites.
Park Place at i st. and 17th or Conn. maybe has a good cafeteria style selection and they make sandwiches. I have never had their sands, but the waldorf chicken salad has been tempting me.
Also today I just saw Heidi's advertised with fresh baked bread from scratch. Anyone been here?
I also like Firehook, even though it is a chain on 17th between k and i.
Dicky's Custard on i at 17th supposedly has good paninis according to co-workers.
I have yet to check out Dicky's or the place next to it Station Grille or whatever, but it always has lots of people. I will update you on what I venture to. I normally pack a lunch, but am going to try to eat out at least once to twice a week and try some of these places.
Anyway those are all at your location and mostly non-chain.
Wasabi is actually pretty fun. They have their sushi (freshly made while you watch) going around on a onveyer belt and you can tell what the prices are by the color of the plate the sushi is on. I try to go once a month it's pretty fun and reasonably priced. They also have stuff like a small plate of chicken teriyaki on the belt as well if you feel like having something else besides sushi.
Just wanted to give a report on Heidi's New York Deli. I have been in twice now. The first time I had the meatball sub, which I thought was really good. They are huge. They of course nuke the meatballs, but I still thought the sandwich was really good, better than Potbelly's, Sheetz, Subway meatball, although I have never had Breadline's meatball. The bread is indeed homemade and it was crusty and good. I really like a meatball sandwich now and then and will probably go back there for it.
Next visit I had the Italian Sub, although it might have been called the New Yorker or something anyway it was the one with lots of italian meat, cheese and oil, etc. I asked for it with spicy peppers. It was good, a little too much oil made it rather slick and a little mushy at parts. Not near as good as the Italian Store, but not bad, and might have been better if I ate it there, it did get transported back to the office wrapped up.
Anyway this place seems pretty good. They are friendly and do have very good bread. I am sure it is a franchise, but I have never been to one before and it is a good switch up. They say they have good chicken salad that will be next on my list of things to try.
Had a Breadline grilled flatbread today with sausage and hummus, it is good, but not near as good as their sandwiches. Their marscapone cookie I can't decide if I really like it or if it is just ok. I think I would rather have a whoppie pie if I was going for this style cookie.
Where exactly is that Sweet Green place on M Street? (What other stores it is near would be helpful more so then street address since 1/2 those stores don't even have a number listed). I went looking for it the other day and couldn't find it where I thought it was so I just got something from Dean and Deluca.
A short (5 min) walk away is my favorite NY-style pizza in DC at Washington Deli. It's on 20th and Eye, just around the corner from Baja Fresh. You can buy by the slice. My favorite is plain cheese or the white one with spinach and mushrooms.
Also, if you want a delicious sit-down lunch , check out Kaz on Eye between 19th and 20th. You can also sit at the sushi bar.
I don't think anyone's mentioned Well-Dressed Burrito -- it's good and popular, better for take-out, probably, but there are tables. I think the same owners as CF Folks (and basically across the street, down an alley, a little tricky to find), which is, of course, another good option. I think they're close enough to Farragut West to suit this thread, no?
1220 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036